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Resource – Role 2 outcomes from the workshop at the Sustainable Cities Round Table on food, 28 May

Posted in Events, Models, Research, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Visions by Ferne Edwards on June 16th, 2008

At the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Food Systems, VicUrban led a discussion / role play on how developers could contribute to productive gardening in estates. The audience consisted of 78 knowledgeable sustainable food enthusiasts who provided some very interesting feedback. Please find the raw data of the second of three role’s below.

Gardening Communities: What can a developer do to facilitate a productive gardens culture?

Role #2 – You have been living in the development for 2 years. What would you see emerging over that time that could involve the active support of the developer?

Facilitate materials, storage, seedbank

Community workshops
Help set up sale of produce
Community gardens expert
More sophisticated methods of resource sharing

Community gardener – expert
More sophisticated community tool shed
Community events, workshops, festivals

Assisting to maintain #1 unitil it is self-sustaining.
Maintaining the meeting space – or is that the councils responsibility?

Produce
Possible “jims gardening” contracted to run gardens if individuals dont want to do this themselves

Waste-water treatment & recycling at community level
Productive trees planted in public space, schools
Open Gardens festivals
Childcare centres, etc

Funding enterprise body to maintain edible streetscaping

Help to improve the efficiency of the operation by coordinating the many individual actors for marketing and resource management, Waste management, composting and distributions

Planning and maintenance of public space includes community gardens

Mechanism for surplus produce to be used eg. Go to one umbrella
Community events around food
Financial contribution?

Seedbank / nursery
Distribute centre for excess food

Distribution systems for excess food
IT email network to allow sharing of plants – questions about plant, requests for new plants or information about it

Developer supporting a garden market to encourage trade and swapping of goods
Help promote awareness of gardening project and show case sucesses

Maintenance of infrastructure (water collection, etc)
Space for food exchange or mobile system for food exchange – and also to buy in farmers market
Maintain the orginal vision of the development

Taking down fences or redesign of the lotsw to have shared gardens
Maintain shed
Funding initiatives for farmers market

Sharing suplus
A hub in which to do this

Possible publicity – edible landscaping – support from developers
Set aside land for neighbourhood house / community kitchens

Community grey water systems – funded by state/ fed government
School gardens
LETS system
Festivals/ events which remind people of planing/ harvesting

A body corporate organiciation of management of communal garden, eg. Watering systems

School gardens
Market for local produce
Free advice centres

Community centre courses – eg. Permaculture
Cooking classes – based on seasonal/ local
School programs

Multi-methods of productive agricultural systems + multicultural community with differrent methods of production

Horticulturalists tuition
Gardening clubs
Commercialisation of excess

Commercialisation of excess production
Community developoment is parallel

City markets
City space instensively farmed
Networks – food waste management
Support education
Produce swap
Kitchen / shared meals

Thriving gardening groups funded by developer
Farmers community markets
Community garden / space
Food waste management program
New tenants encouraged to join groups
ALL FUNDED BY DEVELOPER!!!!

An expansion of quanitity, quality and variety in not only food produced but methods and processes to grow them
Educational support to new community members and children

Council support and incentives that sustainablfood network in #1
Get Jims if all else fails!
Cllimate change/ peak oil – food crisis

Infrastructure planning the garden, water supply, cunning design features
Strong community organisation – with good planning and problem solving skills

Community grey water systems funded by local/ state government

Solar panels
Rainwater tanks
Edible landscape planting and maintenance

Fruit trees produce

Movement of market gardens to Epping (?)
Community wiki for questions on composting, “does anyone know how to kill slugs?”, etc.
Free accessat schools etc. courtesy developers

Fruit, vegies, nuts, chooks, communal goats, cows

Small market gardens in open space and rail corridor
Support groups – consult needs, successes, challenges

Support for a community market garden event / festival
Thriving community garden organisation – funded

‘body corporate style management of common agricultural systems eg. Security, water management

active participation / group meetings
suggestions to developer for modifications
develop water infrastructure

common space for a community garden
Backyard Bounty in workplacess (contact Sara)
availability of local produce

maintenance of space to meet, sell surplus

self-evolving community support/ production/ consumption systems
festivals

wind energy corridors
workshops – how to for permaculture
food wastage inititiaves
community food festivals
cooking events
developer not allowed back to consolidate unless community ownership has been demonstrated

farmers (residents) market held every week – sell / barter excess
seasonal festivities

seed bank/ nursery/ seed savers group supported by developer
community spaces
distribution + exchange system for excess food

how to use/ share the produce – cooking advice
cooking classes (and supply of rarer ingredients)
local restaurant (organic only?)

running collective composting hire services
maintainence for when away
parkland that is productive
trial collection backyard
system for sharing produce

maintain overall maintenance of garden = big stuff like pruning, heavy machinery work
a harvest / produce festival – ie. advertise / provide prizes eg. Biggest strawberry/ hold events, etc.

maintain a market space

continuous markets & premium liveability / lifestyle aspects of development
infrastructure support in terms of water/ resource recycling

community directed development initiatives – room to modify / update

commercialisation of excess production
integration into local ecosystems ie. bush foods

self-evolving community systems – some shared backyards, gardening in community spaces
planting of orchards and edible streetscapes
community workshops & festivals

provide tool library
infrastructure (water, electricity, transport)
provide common land for food production
community compost
waterless toilet system

access to water
planting & maintenance of productive open space / communal
facilitation of food related activites
better designed houses

community markets
seasonal availability – greenhouse / preserve produce

storage seed bank

cooperative for food production
food sharing / buying group so can trade food grown for other supplies needed
community garden

ongoing review process
getting results on what has been tested
easier for further applications
more public shared places which dont need to be maintained by councils
shared kitchen, workshop, shed, tools
planting out common spaces with orchards
ongoing maintenance
educating the people who are new

support & resources to help people KEEP gardening
agreements that people will commit to a certain amount of input
community consultation on what they need

materials for storage / community seed bank
supporting sustainable community program – building, permaculture / biodynamic, seed saving

community tool sharing space / resource

community markets / market garden
food waste management
new people moving in – support net
funding by developer

workshops on fruit tree growing / pruning, tree bottling, vegie growing without pesticides
a community space
food swapping (ie. www.growlocal.net)
(lemons for figs)
weekly, fortnightly, monthly farmers market where people can share their produce
opportunity for coming / joining backyard spaces

information session – Q&A – eg. How to keep bees
mechanism to use surplus produce
community events eg. Eat/ cooking

active participation form the communityi
infrastructure – large communal water tanks

the development of productive gardens & more knowledge by the residents thereby increasing the value of the overall development – a value add

dealing with surplus – storage (canning & bottling for winter) – food preservation
“a hub”
I see this shifting to self-sufficient and self-reliant people
Community activities

Create a local market for the sale of surplus produce – also a meeting place

Organise annual harvest feestival – like a community ag fair farmers market

Rainwater tanks in backyards, grey water reuse systems
Houses in sympathy with the local landscape

Harvest / produce festival (advertise, hire equipment, etc)
Networks for farmers markets closer to the city

Developer could set up enterprise to maintain and care for the edible streetscapes in ongoing way. This would provide positive publicity for developer.

Local buying / selling at community markets & lessons on how to preserve fruit and veges eg. Chutneys, jams & dehydrating processes
Encourage communities to plant veges as decoration instead of flowers – this can look great and is EDIBLE

Food coop (buying block)
Support network and hub for growing
Community gardens

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